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1 Community Smart Grids October 2013

2 Community Smart Grids – a new kind of grid Community Smart Grids are smart grids owned and operated by local authorities and community groups rather than by utilities. Running on SODA, Community Smart Grids securely gathers and stores meter readings which are auctioned to energy generators, suppliers and traders on a quarterly basis. This means no lock- ins to a single supplier and the cheapest deals every day from across the whole industry. Revenue is also raised through the platform for local authorities to use in community projects.

3 Community Smart Grid Process DECC & Energy Switching 3% commission on top of each bill paid back to community operator Almost 20 local authorities so far Register Consumer signs up. SODA smart meter installation Consumer log in and choose package Data Data gathered from SODA smart meter Data secured end to end Package Package demand profile generated Package auctioned. i.e. 75% renewables, OAP. Bid Energy suppliers log in and bid on packages. Winner supplies to meet profile Billing Bills dispatched Money collected

4 The auction Each quarter, the AI demand prediction engine creates a 3 month energy demand profile in 30 minute blocks with the profile sent to auction. This ensures a close match between energy supply and demand.

5 Community Smart Grid comparison Energy Switching Scheme Community Smart Grids Real usage dataNoYes Regular auctionsNoYes Avoid contract lock inNoYes Specify personal driversNoYes Enable councils and researchers to query what consumers want NoYes Encourage innovation around green tariffs NoYes Raise regular funds for community projects NoYes SODA community extensionsNoYes

6 SODA community extensions Since community smart grids run on SODA, the capacity exists to incorporate SODA extensions including the following. Consumer educational gaming to educate users about their impacts on the environment and the changes they can make to reduce those impacts and their bills. Demand and availability prediction systems Home leakage detection system / price calculators for energy used to keep devices in standby mode in the home Mobile, web and postal reports and management

7 Community Smart Grid Scale Average UK annual energy bill is £1,127 UK census predicts there will be 28 million homes in UK by % commission on each bill would generate £950 million back to community projects If 10% of UK market subscribed it would raise £95 million back to community projects

8 Lancashire profile Average UK annual energy bill is £1, ,770 homes in March % commission on each bill would generate £22 million for community projects If 10% of market subscribed it would raise £2.2 million for community projects Figures taken from Lancashire council website.

9 Oxfordshire profile Average UK annual energy bill is £1, ,310 homes in March % commission on each bill would generate £9 million for community projects If 10% of market subscribed it would raise £0.9 million for community projects Figures taken from government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/192169/LiveTable100.xls

10 Develop a strong partnership network > Reduced bills > Opportunity to use collective buying power to encourage utilities to provide greener deals > Take ownership of personal data managed by new smart grids > No lock in to a single energy supplier > No complex tariffs > No running up debt over longer periods since entire bill is settled monthly Consumer > 3% return on every bill each month > Opportunity to help people to get our of debt by lowering bills > Money returned to invest in new community projects > Visibility of what people are looking for when choosing an energy supplier > Private community grid connects the authority with the community Local Authority > No need to invest in or run smart grid > Simplified process, bid on bulk orders with no billing > Clear visibility of the drivers each month from customers when choosing a supplier > Encouraged to innovate around tariffs including greener deals Utility

11 Who pays for the meter? Company supplies meter Authority pays low rental fee for meter with contract Company pays for meter Authority uses 3% earnings initially to pay for meter plus interest Authority owns the meter Authority can move the meter Consumer buys and owns meter Consumer can keep and move meter Consumer buys Authority buys Rental Buy, Operate, Transfer contract

12 Further benefits Extendible architecture to add more functions over time Consumers switch every day with no need to worry about complex tariffs, being locked in to a single tariff or supplier Support for whitespace communications to provide low cost of free rural Internet access via smart meter network Consumers own their data, not an energy supplier Extend to gas, electricity and water. Extend from consumers to business users later


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